Gerardo secures Rolex 24 at Daytona drive

Gerardo’s Personal Log

By now most of you have heard about the closure of B-K Motorsports.  It was an absolutely fantastic experience to drive for this team in 2008, representing Mazda, BP, Mazda fans, and an awesome crew I'll miss dearly.  Driving a LMP2 prototype alongside drivers like Brabham, de Ferran, Pagenaud, Dyson, Andretti, McNish, Fernandez, Dumas, Bernhard, my trusty teammate Ben Devlin, and so many others was very special, not to mention how special it is to drive such a high downforce race car.  I will miss the experience greatly.

As I work hard to find a replacement home in a prototype, I've found another special ride to keep my heart in shape.  I had previously spent time at the Daytona International Speedway in October and November to network with teams that were preparing for the 2009 Rolex 24 race.  I continued with the search by attending this past weekend's final January 3-5 test days for the 24 hour race coming January 24-25.  While doing my interview rounds, I was fortunate to meet Joe and Jerome Jacalone, owners of Gotham Competition.  The team is fielding a Porsche 911 GT3 in the GT class for this year's race.  They had already hired long-time friend and super fast guy Randy Pobst.  Wouldn't this be a great place to enjoy this year's race?

Before anything could be decided, a proper "job interview" in the race car was needed.  I drove a handful of laps on Sunday, followed by a few more earlier today.  GT cars are old hat for many drivers, but as it was my first time in this category, it became a thrilling learning experience.  The laps were enough, and Joe and Jerome were gracious to offer me a seat to share with them.  I am delighted to join them!  Their crew is a hard working group that carries a positive feeling all around.  Driving with Randy is the realization of a goal set fifteen years ago when I first got to know him.  It will be a very special race, indeed.

Stay tuned for more from Daytona as we race from 3:30 PM January 24 to 3:30 PM on January 25 (all times Eastern Standard)

Again, many thanks to Jerome and Joe Jacalone for their trust and confidence in me.  

Thanks, as always, to all of you for your support.

Gerardo Bonilla

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